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Ask Wwii
Q: Why were aircraft markings for the U.S. Army Air Forces (and later the U.S. Air Force) only applied on the top side of the left wing, with none on the right wing? The reverse arrangement was employed on the underside, with markings only on the rig
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Forging Ahead
AN ART FORGER AND CON MAN as a reallife World War II hero? The Last Vermeer depicts the colorful saga of Dutch art dealer Han van Meegeren, a charismatic swindler who fooled the Nazis into thinking that his forged masterpieces were real—only to find
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Merrill’s Marauders Honored
FOR FIVE MONTHS, they fought behind enemy lines in the Burmese jungle, battling stifling heat and disease as well as elite Japanese troops. By the time the unit disbanded in August 1944, 95 percent of Merrill’s Marauders were dead, wounded, or medica
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Unfriendly Fire
THE THIRD REICH’S CRIMES against its own armed forces remain an overlooked subject in World War II literature. In U-boat Commander Oskar Kusch, history professor Eric C. Rust brilliantly illuminates the unlikely chain of events that led a loyal and t
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Follow The Leader
ERIK LARSON IS A BESTSELLING WRITER, but he’s a father first and foremost: “My three daughters tend to see me as the king of anxiety,” he laughs. While researching London in World War II, Larson envisioned parenting amid the looming threat of German
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Web Of Spies
THE NAZI SPY RING IN AMERICA, a new book by intelligence scholar Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, has all the trappings of an irresistible novel: foreign secret agents, self-dealing G-Men, and nosy reporters. But the tale he tells of a little-known 1930s espio
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Negative Consequences
Curators at The National World War II Museum solve readers’ artifact mysteries While going through my father’s wartime memorabilia, I happened upon a notebook in which he explains that original negatives of images a U.S. Navy photographer took of the
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Shadow Army
THROUGH THE DARKEST OF TIMES Paintbucket Games, $14.99. Available on Steam. WORLD WAR II RATING THE BASICS Through the Darkest of Times follows a resistance cell in Berlin, Germany, from the time Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor in 1933 until shortly
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A Guide To The End
A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, I was in Sicily on one of my numerous trips to the island—part of my research for a narrative history of the Allied campaign there that I was writing. There were some places I hadn’t seen before that I wanted to check out, n
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All-purpose Meltdown
THE SCENE TAKES PLACE some 48 minutes into Downfall, director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 2004 German film depicting the final days of Adolf Hitler. Deep in Hitler’s bunker beneath the Nazi Chancellery, General Hans Krebs (played by actor Rolf Kanies) runs
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A Narrow Escape
CLIMBING A STEEP SLOPE a few miles outside the central Italian city of Sulmona, I come across a wooden bench grafted invitingly into the hillside and sit down to study the view. To the northeast lie Abruzzo’s smooth-topped Morrone Mountains, dotted w
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Fighting Form
Answer to the August Challenge: “It was very clear that the barrel of the Sturmtiger is waaaaay too long,” says reader Marco Peter of the Netherlands. He’s right—as were 108 others; the unaltered photo is at far left. A number of you thought we messe
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When You Go
Sulmona is two and a half hours from Rome by frequent daily trains. Winter snow in the Apennine Mountains can be heavy, making May to October the best season for hiking. Campo 78 remains largely intact; visits to the brick barracks can be made by app
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Light And Shadow
A somber man in a jacket and tie looks at the camera and begins speaking. The exact introduction to the television series varied over the years, but its essence didn’t. The viewer was about to journey into a land called “The Twilight Zone;” the speak
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Pulled Punches
At about 3:40 a.m. on December 8, 1941, the phone rang inside Lieutenant General Douglas MacArthur’s lavish apartment atop the Manila Hotel. It was MacArthur’s chief of staff, calling with the shocking news that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor
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WWII Online
If you enjoy Joseph Connor’s story, “One False Step,” on page 38 of this issue, you’ll want to check out the tale of another potential lost opportunity to defend against the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor: By Steve Twomey An old vessel, the USS Ward
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Mystery Money?
IT WAS AN ODD THING for Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon to do with his country on the brink of disaster. By early January 1942, Japan had invaded the islands, sweeping aside General Douglas MacArthur’s American and Filipino troops. MacArthur’s
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World War II
EDITOR KAREN JENSEN Larry Porges SENIOR EDITOR Kirstin Fawcett ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jerry Morelock, Jon Guttman HISTORIANS David T. Zabecki CHIEF MILITARY HISTORIAN Paul Wiseman NEWS EDITOR Stephen Kamifuji CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brian Walker GROUP ART DIRECT
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One False Step
First Lieutenant Kermit A. Tyler was the next man up on the squadron duty roster, so he resigned himself to spending the coming Sunday morning, 4 to 8 a.m., at the Aircraft Information Center at Fort Shafter on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. At 3 a.m.
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Contributors
JOSEPH CONNOR (“One False Step,” “Pulled Punches”), who holds degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers Law School, worked for seven years as a newspaper reporter and editor before serving as an assistant county prosecutor in New Jersey
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The Dark Place
It is arguably one of the most emotional and impactful scenes in Hollywood history. Sitting at Martini’s bar in the fictional town of Bedford Falls, a forlorn George Bailey has reached his breaking point. Festive music plays in the background as glee
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A Speculative Succession
REGARDING YOUR AUGUST 2020 COVER STORY, “Night of the Assassins,” about Germany’s Operation Long Jump: Had the plot to assassinate the three Allied leaders succeeded in Tehran in 1943, we know who would have replaced Roosevelt. Who would most likely
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From Wehrmacht To U.s. Army
In late 1968, I was in my final weeks of Infantry Officers’ Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, when I was unexpectedly summoned to meet two army investigators in civilian clothes. My infantry classmates were destined for combat duty in Vietnam,
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Ike’s Memorial Opens To Mixed Reviews
DELAYED BY CONTROVERSY over architect Frank Gehry’s design, and then the coronavirus, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial finally opened in September in Washington, D.C. The $150 million, 4-acre site includes statues of Ike as a young man, D-Day comman
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Heavyweight Fighter
LEAVE IT TO ADOLF HITLER to build the largest battleship ever produced by a European power. In 1935, Hitler unilaterally renounced the Treaty of Versailles and began rebuilding Germany’s army, air force, and navy. His engineers proceeded to design tw
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Much-needed TLC For Mired Sub
THE USS LING HAS BEEN STUCK in the Hackensack River’s mud for years, damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and flooded when vandals opened its hatches in 2018. The Balao-class sub was essentially abandoned when its caretaker, the New Jersey Naval Museum
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The Fourth Axis Power
It is November 20, 1940, and there is excitement in the air. Two months earlier, when the signing of the Tripartite Pact on September 27 brought the three-party “Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis” into being, German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop had a
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Volunteers Trace Memories Of The Fallen
BEHIND EVERY GRAVESTONE, there’s a story. Don Milne wants to tell 400,000 of them. Recently retired, Milne is on a mission to pass along the story of every American who died in World War II. For his “Stories Behind the Stars” campaign, he’s getting h
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Driven To Win
IN APRIL 1938, just a year and a half before France declared war on Nazi Germany, teams of drivers from the two countries faced off on a racetrack in Pau, France, on the northern edge of the Pyrenees. Both sides had trained heavily to win the 1938 Gr
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Hard Lessons Unlearned
MOST AMERICAN MILLENNIALS and members of Generation Z (the generation born after 1996) don’t know that six million Jews perished in the Holocaust, and almost half can’t name a single concentration camp. An alarming 11 percent even say the Jews caused
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